The Public Health Power Hour from Vital Strategies looks at how the world around us shapes our health, and how we can shape our environments so that everyone, everywhere has the potential for great health.
Vital Strategies is a global public health organization that seeks to accelerate progress on the world’s most pressing health problems. Our team combines evidence-based strategies with innovation to help develop and implement sound public health policies, manage programs efficiently, strengthen data systems, conduct research, and design strategic communication campaigns for policy and behavior change.
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Unsavory Alliances: Big Tobacco's Covert Network of Influencers
The tobacco industry relies on a complex web of allies to promote its business interests and advance its agenda—helping perpetuate the global tobacco epidemic. These allies usually appear independent from the industry, but often have opaque financial links to tobacco companies or other deep-rooted connections. On this episode, our guests discuss the network of allies who help carry the message for the tobacco industry, and how the industry has benefited from these alliances.
- Phil Chamberlain, Deputy Director, Department for Health, Tobacco Control Research Group
at the University of Bath
- Ashfaq Ahmad, Communication Officer, Society of Alternative Media and Research in Pakistan
- Moderated by Jorge Alday, Director, STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products)
Untangling Alcohol: Making Sense of a Leading Global Killer
Alcohol consumption causes millions of deaths through health harms and negative social and economic effects. There is an underlying connection between alcohol consumption and these deaths—from liver disease, heart disease, cancer, violence, vehicle crashes, falls to tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other conditions. Why is the largest killer of young people between ages 15 – 49 is so often overlooked? And what role does the alcohol industry play in this?
In this episode we discuss the negative effects on individuals, families and communities and the policies and interventions that work.
This episode features:
Aaron Schwid, Legal Director of Policy and Programs, Vital Strategies Olivier van Beemen, investigative journalist and author of the book "Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed" Pubudu Sumanasekara, International Vice President, Movendi International Moderated by Jacqui Drope, Director, RESET Alcohol, Vital Strategies
Harm Reduction and the Overdose Crisis in Puerto Rico
After attending the National Harm Reduction Conference in San Puerto Rico, Gloria Malone of the Overdose Prevention Program chats with two Puerto Rican harm reduction advocates. Tanagra and Carla share their insights on what Harm Reduction in Puerto Rico looks like and the unique challenges and work they are doing to save and improve lives in Puerto Rico.
This show features:
Carla Correa, Coalición de Coaliciones Tanagra Melgarejo, National Learning and Engagement Strategist at the National Harm Reduction Coalition Moderator: Gloria Malone, Digital Strategist, Senior Manager, Overdose Prevention Program, Vital Strategies
What If Childhood Lead Poisoning was a Global Priority?
Globally, one in three children –up to 800 million–have blood lead levels that are higher than deemed safe by the World Health Organization. Despite clear evidence of harm, many countries do not have sufficient capacity to monitor or regulate lead and protect their people from widespread exposure.In this episode, we discuss how lead affects children and their families, why lead poisoning prevention been overlooked by governments and what solutions there are to reduce toxic lead exposure.
This show features:
- Drew McCartor, Executive Director, Pure Earth;
- Dr. Lynn Panganiban, Technical Consultant of Pure Earth -Philippines and Toxicology Consultant of the National Poison Management and Control Center, Philippine General Hospital, UP-Manila;
- Daniel Kass, Senior Vice President of Environmental, Climate and Urban Health, Vital Strategies
Food for Thought—What We Don't Know About the Food We Eat
It’s not news that what we eat has a huge impact on our overall health. What’s not commonly known is that 8 million deaths are associated with poor diet –accounting for 19% of non-communicable disease deaths. Increasingly, ultra-processed foods and beverages have become readily available and have dramatically changed the way people eat, resulting in diets that are much less healthy. Our panelists discuss: What are ultra-processed foods and beverages? What harm do these products cause? What policies have been effective in addressing ultra-processed foods? Do front-of-package nutrient labels work? In the case of front-of-package labels in Brazil and Argentina, how was progress achieved? What were some of the lessons learned?
This show features:
- Trish Cotter, Global Lead, Food Policy Program, Vital Strategies
- Tainá de Almeida Costa, Communication Program Manager, Brazil, Food Policy Program, Vital Strategies
- Steve Hamill, Vice President Policy, Advocacy and Communication, Vital Strategies
Does UNGA Matter?
UNGA, the United Nations General Assembly, sets policy for the United Nations. As we face generational challenges—rebuilding public health post-COVID, climate change, political instability—the successes and challenges of this global coordinating mechanism have come into focus.
In this episode of the Public Health Power Hour we discuss“Does UNGA Matter?” and cover highlights from the United Nations General Assembly in New York over the past week.
This episode features staff from our Policy Advocacy and Communication team at Vital Strategies, including:
-Stephen Hamill, Vice President
-Rebecca Perl, Vice President, Partnerships and Initiatives
-Nandita Murukutla, Vice President, Global Policy and Research